ERBIL — A new insurgent group, believed to the be remaining Islamic State (IS) militants, emerged in Mandali area east of Baqubah city near Iran’s border.
Zahir Tahir, a member of Diyala Provincial Council, told BasNews “An armed group has appeared in Nada area on the outskirt of Mandali,” adding that the group is affiliated with the newly emerged militant group in Nawjul area between Kifri and Tuz Khurmatu in northern Salahuddin province.
He explained that the armed men are affiliated with the IS organization, trying to regroup in the areas where al-Qaeda existed after the IS organization was defeated in Iraq.
The insurgent group consists of 70 men and has labeled themselves as “Al-Hazmyun,” said the councilor.
The Kurdish authorities have warned about the reemergence of different terrorist groups in the disputed territories after the security situation in those areas significantly deteriorated due to Baghdad’s military operation to retake those areas.